Upper School Chinese Leave Replacement – Spring 2024
Beaver Country Day School, Chestnut Hill, MA
Beaver Country Day School—an independent day school located just outside of Boston, serving grades 6-12—seeks a creative, innovative, and forward-thinking Upper School Chinese Teacher. This is a leave replacement position for the final twelve-week term of the 2023-2024 school year that will report directly to the Head of the Modern Languages Department and the Director of the Upper School. The position will begin in early to mid-February and finish in June.
About Our School & Our People:
We are not your typical independent school. Education is not traditionally seen as forward-thinking. But that’s not the case at Beaver. We welcome change and seek feedback to continuously improve. Our “Launch, Test, Refine” mindset promotes flexibility, risk-taking, open-mindedness, and innovation. Our business is providing a future-focused education rooted in real-world context and experience and our clients are our students.
The Beaver mindset and approach to teaching place our students at the center of learning experiences in all settings, curricular and co-curricular.
- Our students in grades 6-12 are interesting and passionate individuals, who, above all, are genuinely happy to be at Beaver. We provide students with opportunities to be co-creators of their learning, making it a deeper, more meaningful experience. We are committed to providing an educational environment in tune with the real world and doing authentic work.
- Our teachers and educational leaders are committed to—and excited about— expanding the nature of school, and igniting and fueling the passions of all our students.
- Our mindset is to make excellent mistakes, launch/test/refine, and not be defined by binary thinking. Instead, we look to approach things from a both/and outlook: tradeoffs don’t have to be the answer and instead, that’s where creativity comes in. We are a community of creative thinkers and doers.
- Our values include collaboration, partnership, and above all, creating a diverse, inclusive, and equitable environment for our community. This work is a priority and steadfast commitment. It is never “done”, and we will always make decisions with this at the core of who we are. For all Beaver students to feel a sense of belonging, it’s important that they see themselves reflected in the community, curriculum, and all our programming.
- Our goal every day is to create a school that is making an impact – for our students, and for education as a whole. We don’t take that work lightly, we need people that are relentlessly committed to it and excited to do this work—together.
Approach to teaching and learning:
The successful candidate will have a commitment to:
- Aligning the work to the BVR Mindset and New Basics as critical to the Beaver Student Experience
- A future-focused education with an understanding of the complexity and ever-changing nature of the world our students are inheriting
- A “next practice” mindset that understands how teaching and learning are changing and how practices should adapt
- Student-centered, culturally proactive, and responsive pedagogy in which all students are met where they are, and see themselves represented and valued
About the Position:
Beaver Country Day School seeks an Upper School Leave Replacement Teacher of Chinese for grades 9-12 to teach a variety of classes at all levels of proficiency. Courses are theme-based. Currently, this position includes courses titled “The World and Me,” “Cuisine and Culture,” and “Everyday Life.” This role also includes serving as an advisor or co-advisor to a small number of students.
Competitive candidates will demonstrate the following skills and mindsets:
- Native or near-native fluency in Mandarin Chinese
- Knowledge in differentiated instruction and assessment
- Experience using CI and authentic resources
- Willingness to collaborate on and implement innovative pedagogical initiatives that focus on student-first, hands-on, experiential learning
- Willingness to participate fully in the community beyond the classroom
- Knowledge of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice practices and commitment to ongoing growth in this area
- Commitment to working in and fostering an inclusive community
- Seek and constructively use professional feedback
- Teach three Chinese sections across different levels and thematic topics.
- Work with the teacher on leave to implement curriculum
- Design engaging, student-centered lessons across a variety of themes.
- Actively participate in the work of the Modern Languages Department including innovative curriculum development, project-based learning, and assessment
- Collaborate and plan with colleagues within course teams, in the Modern Languages department, and in other departments
- Utilize technology to enhance instruction and student learning
- Post resources, feedback, and assignments to the LMS in a timely manner
- Communicate effectively with students, faculty, and parents/guardians
- Provide frequent, constructive, objective, and prompt feedback to students
- Actively participate in professional learning opportunities on campus
- Remain knowledgeable of current instructional and curriculum trends
- Model organization and preparation to meet all professional responsibilities reliably
- Advise or co-advise a group of 6-8 students
- Other responsibilities as assigned
Additional things to know:
- Generous Benefits (Health, Dental and more). For more information visit our website.
- Breakfast and lunch provided, as well as coffee and snacks.
- Free parking and close to the MBTA Green Line D.